Post-IAEC congress plan kicks off

Changwon Declaration calls for green environment, creative education

The city administration has announced a “post-IAEC promotion plan” to help develop Changwon, saying that the 12th International Congress of the International Association of Educating Cities (IAEC) gave the city an opportunity to take one step closer to the world. 
 
Delegates adopted the “Changwon Declaration” at the end of the IAEC congress participated in by about 2,400 delegates from 343 cities in 41 countries. The conference, which was held from April 25 to 29, attracted about 110,000 visitors.
 
The declaration called for details to implement plans to help “humans and nature” co-exist and the strengthening of international partnerships to rebuild infrastructures for “green cities.”
 
The five-day Changwon IAEC congress featured a Korean theme. It was the first IAEC meeting held in Asia.
 
Participants at the international conference expressed interest in traditional Korean costumes and performances and praised them, a city spokesman said.

Dressed in “hanbok,” Korean traditional costumes, participants in the 12th International Congress of the International Association of Educating Cities pose during a photo session in Changwon.

The post-IAEC plan is divided into three categories: the strengthening of a network between participating cities in the Asia-Pacific region; the implementation of an international cooperation project in the field of education; and the establishment of an Asia-Pacific network secretariat. As chair of the Asia-Pacific network, Changwon plans to map out joint agenda items regarding “green environment and creative education,” and work out measures to implement them, the spokesman said.
 
Changwon will also make efforts to attract more member cities to the Asia-Pacific network, by publicizing the IAEC education charter, the Changwon Declaration and the activities carried out by the IAEC, he said.As chair of the Asia-Pacific network, Changwon plans to map out joint agenda items regarding “green environment and creative education,” and work out measures to implement them, the spokesman said. 

Korean and foreign delegates unveil a memorial monument of the 12th International Congress of the International Association of Educating Cities in Changwon.

In addition, Changwon will push plans to carry out global administrative affairs under the motto of “practice and responsibility”; build libraries as part of civic-government-academia cooperation; publish textbooks on the environment; and improve water quality.
 
The city will endeavor to see these projects broaden inroads into the Asia-Pacific region, after implementing pilot programs, the spokesman said.
 
Mayor Park Wan-su pledged to establish an Asia-Pacific network secretariat to push joint projects and facilitate communications between Asia-Pacific member cities. 

Mayor Park Wan-su, left, speaks during the 12th International Congress of the International Association of Educating Cities, which was held in Changwon from April 25 to 29.

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